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WEDDINGS 2016 -17 SPRING/SUMMER ISSUE 16 $9.95 incl. GST


more than words






Inspiring Real Weddings

plan your wedding in your dream location LATEST TRENDS, FASHIONS AND Style INSPIRATIONS

choosing a bridal party

how to guide



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PUBLISHER/EDITOR April Briscoe CONTRIBUTORS Leisa Anderson (Editorial) Anne Blair (Editorial)

from the editor

Carolyn Barnes (Sales)

Welcome to our Spring and Summer edition, I just love all the gorgeous blooms and foods available this time of year. With the weather warming up it’s a busy time for everyone in the wedding industry, so if you are planning a Spring or Summer wedding be sure to get your bookings in early, you don’t want to be disappointed by missing out.

Thank you to all contributing photographers and suppliers. A special thank you also to the brides and grooms for allowing us to feature their beautiful North Coast weddings. ENQUIRIES & SUBMISSIONS 02 6651 1984 DESIGN artgeko PUBLISHER April Briscoe / artgeko 65 399 208 455 PO Box 2071 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 02 6651 1984 w: fb: northcoastweddings Back issues are available by contacting 02 66511 984 or

North Coast Weddings Magazine is copyright. The contents of this magazine including stories and photographs are strictly not to be reproduced without the express written permission of the publisher, April Briscoe. The advertisers and suppliers of editorial information and photographs warrant that any material published in North Coast Weddings is in no way an infringement of the copyright or other such acts, is not unlawful, defamatory or libellous or does not infringe the Trade Practices act or other regulations, laws or statutes. Advertisers and suppliers agree to indemnify April Briscoe of any claims, damages or costs including legal expenses, penalties or judgements occasioned to the publisher in consequence of any breach of the above warranties.

This edition we look at some impor tant issues. More than Words page 15 is our story on how to choose a celebrant, someone who suits you both perfectly and has the same vision. After all not only are you trusting them with all the legal requirements but also to declare your commitment and love to each other in a way that is special and unique to you both. We also look at the wedding par ty roles page 27, with tips and advice to help make your decision easier. This is a great time to take a road trip for a few days and discover this region, there are just so many gorgeous places on the coast and in the hinterland. We take a look at the regional city of Grafton, right on the Clarence River a perfect wedding backdrop, conveniently reached from Sydney and Brisbane by road, rail and air. A trip to Carool in far nor thern NSW was the location for our fashion shoot. Read about our day on page 62 and meet the fabulous vendors. We love bringing you a new location each issue and introducing you to our talented locals. You don’t have to go anywhere else to get what you want, we have it all here! We just love the photos and hope you do to. Nine couples share their day with us from all over the Nor th Coast with weddings from the country to the beach. These weddings will cer tainly have you inspired, there is nothing like seeing how other couples have organised their day. If that isn’t enough our styling pages are just brimming with ideas to drool over. All of our regular pages are there to help you with your planning or just to help you find that special look to finalise your dream day. So settle down and find yourself a sunny corner and enjoy reading through your favourite Nor th Coast Weddings magazine – your must have guide to planning your wedding on the Nor th Coast. So until next time happy planning and don’t forget to visit our website and ‘like’ our facebook page. Why not post some of your own Nor th Coast wedding pictures, we would love to see them!

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contents more than words

real weddings

15 we help you choose your ideal celebrant to help you create your perfect wedding ceremony

22 32 44 66 68 74 82 86 90

choosing a bridal party 27 our how to guide can help you get started and what you expect them to do

discover grafton 41 stunning jacarandas, scenic waterways, colonial architecture - we look at grafton for your wedding

a fashion shoot

62 we look at the day that made up this issues fashion shoot


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belinda & thomas annie & daniel katie & michael jenna & aaron casey & shane caitlin & nick sarah & matt kendal & shawn amanda & etienne


48 14 pages of gorgeous gowns and accessories

11 19 38 71 79

styling inspiration wild rose stylish camping elegant horizons red velvet entwined romance

regulars 6 8 36 65 70 78 84 88 96

what’s on what’s hot hair & beauty groom cakes flowers fashion jewellery wedding timeline

the marketplace 94 an easy way to find local products and services



Get inspired with these fabulous events happening across the North Coast & beyond MID NORTH COAST WEDDINGS EXPO

For one special Sunday in February, the Auditorium at Por t Macquarie Panthers is transformed into a wedding wonderland. With an array of wedding experts on hand, a great fashion parade and the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes, the Mid Nor th Coast Weddings Expo is a must-visit for those planning the wedding of their dreams! Date: 26 February 2017 Where: Port Macquarie Panthers Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

TWIN TOWERS OPEN WEDDING DAY Win a $10,000 Dream Wedding Package Twin Towns will hold a Wedding Open Day where couples can inspect the rooms and spaces, set for weddings with a variety of different lighting and themes, to see how the rooms could look on their special day. Twin Towns range of superb options will be open for inspection – River, Bay, Border and Horizons – and Banquet Chefs will be on hand, serving canapes from Twin Towns’ wedding menus. From Monday 2 January until the Wedding Open Day, those that book and complete a site inspection of Twin Towns wedding venues will receive an entry ticket in the draw. If they attend the Wedding Open Day they will receive an additional two entries in the draw, giving them three chances of walking away with the Twin Towns $10,000 dream wedding package. Those that just attend the Open Day will receive one ticket in the draw. To win entrants must be present at the draw at 2.45pm Qld. For more information about Twin Towns Wedding Open Day or to book your site inspection, email, phone 1800 015 015 or visit www.twintowns. Conditions apply. See for details LTPS/16/09255

Date: 17 March 2017 Where: Twin Towers, Wharf St (Cnr Boundary St), Tweed Heads, Time: 10am - 3.00pm

All information correct at time of printing


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Planning and gathering ideas


Even if you haven’t made any decisions yet, a wedding expo is a great way to star t planning. Take a notebook and pen and write down ideas and themes you like. Collect information and talk to vendors about your ideas and get inspired by the creativity of each stand.



This is a perfect way to meet Nor th Coast wedding & events exper ts. Anything to do with weddings, gifts, honeymoons, venues, holidays, accommodation, cars, marques, plants & decorations, hens nights, bucks par ties, formals, and special occasions. Plan your perfect day meeting suppliers and service providers all in the one place. Date: 2 April 2017 Where: A & I Hall, Station St, Bangalow Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

The Tweed Coast Wedding Expo offers an inspiring and personal experience. Our beautiful Expo is informative and interactive with free makeovers, beauty treatments and prizes, while showcasing a unique selection of top local Wedding Specialists and Suppliers enabling you to source everything you need to create your Perfect Wedding! Tweed Heads Civic Centre Brett St Tweed Heads Date: 9 April 2017 Where: Tweed Heads Civic Centre Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm


Save time and money

Wedding Expos are a great way to save you time and money. If you go with a clear view on what you want you can often save money as many vendors will offer expo discounts and specials. So be prepared to take advantage of this. Having everyone under one roof can also save valuable research time, so go through the vendor list and plan who you want to talk to.


Meet vendors in your area

If you are getting married in a different location to where you live, making a weekend of the event and travelling to the area makes sense. This will really give you a feel for the what to expect and what is available. You can also look around the town, check out things to do and see as well as looking for photographic locations.

I DO, YO U DO , W E DO .

Twin Towns offe rs the complet e w eddin g ex per i e n c e wi t h s t yl i s h ve nu es, o c ean views, accommodati on and an award-w in n in g even ts team.

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Ph: 1800 015 015

Sunday 12 March 2017 10am – 3pm QLD LTPS/16/09255


va lue d at $10,000 To enter simply register a site inspection or attend the OpenNorth Day for your chance to win Coast WEDDINGS 7



The perfect accessory to your wedding Coffs Coast Love letters, LOVE table, lights up in the evening creating an oh so romantic mood. coffscoastloveletters

Casual, outdoor weddings

A really popular approach this summer is a less formal reception creating a casual relaxed vibe. Can be outside, in a barn, or waters edge. This gorgeous setting by Rosie Pose Event Hire / Photo: Captured With love

Groomsmen gifts

Initial cuff links very popular gift for the groomsmen, and a nice little personal touch for a mum to give to her son.


Photo: Hello Lovely Photography

The new trend is rompers instead of robes for brides and bridesmaids to get ready, comfortable to lounge around in and lots of fun!

Gift Giving

Fleur du Luxe offers bespoke floral arrangements in the most amazing colours. What’s so special about these arrangements is that they actually last a whole year as they are treated using Parisian preserving techniques, making the gift giving sentiment truly last.

Groomsmens grooming party

Why not host a private grooming party for the groomsmen? ‘Blake’s Barber Shop’ in Yamba, offers grooms private parties. Playing classic rock and roll for a light and cheerful mood he works his way through the party, cutting hair, shaving necklines, beard sculpting/trims and sharing in friendly banter, while they eat breakfast. Leaving the groom as the best till last. All complimented by a hot towel at the end and a kodak moment to remember! 8

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Luxurious and exceptionally stunning table settings

This setting from Table for Louis, using floral with alternating plain white plates, for an understated elegant look, complimented with white and pink napkins. Table for Louis / 0411 709480 /

Classic style

Treat yourself to a gorgeously stylish pair of handcrafted shoes from Octavia Shoes & Fashion. Comfortable to wear all day long as well as dancing the night away. New York Evening, left for a glittering statement and Versailles, below in plum. From Octavia Shoes & Fashion /


Stand out in the crowd with one of Wood & Beau’s handcrafted wooden bow ties. Available in a range of styles and colours.

step out in style on your wedding day

Personally hand crafted


Make a statement and leave your guests with a unique memory. A Vintage Airstream is ideal as a bar for any event, the fit out can be styled to suit each event/hire specifically. From Airstream Affairs / Photo: Darbs Photography

Individually created for you. Personalised handcrafted stationery, using illustration, design and calligraphy for a truly unique keepsake. From Lindqvist Ink.

wedding invite keepsakes Unplugged ceremonies


The perfect, glamorous addition to any wedding Sorella Vita Modern Metallic collection, this new sequin bridesmaid dress was designed for the elegant, trendy bridal party! Available in five stunning shades of sequin. For North Coast Stockists visit

Be present at the ceremony. A lot of couples now are asking guests to enjoy the moment NOT stuck behind their phone cameras. A simple sign takes the awkwardness out of telling guests.

Crafted Cocktails

Add some local flavour to your day by offering your guests a craft cocktail on arrival, as an after ceremony cocktail or keep it flowing all night! Locally distilled in Northern NSW. Ink Gin / North Coast WEDDINGS



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Wild Rose

A tangle of wild rose against the rustic backdrop of a country barn, soft watercolours and swaying meadows combine to create a romantic country scene

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More Than Words Often overlooked as a top priority, selecting your ideal celebrant is an integral part of creating your perfect wedding ceremony By Leisa Anderson


hile your flowers, cake and dress may not last, a professional and beautifully crafted ceremony will stay in your mind for years to come, and be a special experience for each of your guests. As the legally binding element of your wedding, your ceremony should be the highlight of your day — and set the tone for the celebrations to come. You only get one shot at this, so make sure everything you want to say is communicated through your celebrant — and that your celebrant is working closely with you in the weeks and months leading up to your nuptials.


Have you just star ted your search for celebrants? Don’t leave it until the last minute! It’s best to book in your celebrant as soon as you’ve set your date. In demand celebrants, like popular venues, often book out months and years in advance, so make it a priority to lock in your celebrant as soon as possible. Star t looking for celebrants in your region through reputable sources – wedding magazines (naturally!), local blogs and even industry bodies like The Australia Federation of Civil Celebrants. After doing your research, it’s then time to

make a shor tlist and speak to each celebrant to determine if they are available on your wedding day, and also, if they’re the right fit for your wedding. “Choose someone who makes it obvious that they love what they do, really listens to you and then reflects your love story on the day,” suggests Nor thern Rivers based Authorised Marriage Celebrant Lindy Cooke. “Initially, check out their qualifications, website, Facebook and Instagram pages and, impor tantly, their reviews. And, if this all checks out, check their availability and then their price.” If you have specific requests already in mind, discuss these with your celebrant first-up to North Coast WEDDINGS


see if they have the flexibility and experience to work out these details. "I often find having a one-on-one with the couple really helps the clients get a feel for who you are, and also for the celebrant to talk the clients through the process of the day and what is required," explains Michelle Shannon, Civil Marriage Celebrant from Byron Bay. "I think, if at all possible, it is always best to see if they can meet in person or by Skype, or even have a chat on the phone."

couple and wedding par ty if there is a rehearsal the day before.”) Once you’ve decided upon your celebrant, signed a contract and paid your deposit, then you can get down to the fun stuff — creating your ceremony.

20 minutes, although some could go a little longer.”


It’s impor tant to ask an array of questions to ensure that you are comfor table with the process of creating your ceremony, and your celebrant is someone who you can see yourself working with. Some of the most frequent questions posed by Michelle's clients are: Do you have insurance? (“Most proper ty weddings now require the celebrant to have their own insurance should something go wrong,” explains Michelle); Do you stand in the middle of the couple or to the side? (“Photos are much nicer without the celebrant’s head in every shot.”); and Do you include a rehearsal? (“This cer tainly makes for a much more relaxed

With ceremonies lasting between 10 and 30 minutes, one of the key considerations is what length it should be. Have your ceremony too brief, then you may feel you’ve missed out on the moment; have your ceremony too long, then you may worry about your guests losing interest. “The length of ceremony should, in my opinion, depend on the couple themselves,” says Lindy. “I look on each conversation or email with a couple as being a connection, so that when I design each ceremony, it reflects each individual and unique love story.” “Ceremonies can be just the legals,” continues Lindy, “ or, as is the case with most of those I deliver, contain a personal introduction, one or two readings, hear tfelt vows which the bride and groom often choose to keep secret from each other until the day, with perhaps the addition of a symbolic ritual. In my experience, most would take around

For those would-be wordsmiths, this is your chance to shine. You can pull inspiration from anywhere – whether it’s a conversation you’ve had with your par tner, advice from a family member, a movie quote, song lyrics, a poem – just about anything can be incorporated into your ceremony. Usually, the ceremony will be structured with the welcome, followed by the giving away, then the introduction and readings, before the more formal par t of the ceremony – which is the monitum from the Marriage Act 1961 and declaration of intent to marry. Following this are the vows, the ring ceremony and then the pronouncement and much-anticipated first kiss as a married couple. After this comes the signing of the marriage register, the official cer tificate of marriage and the couples’ cer tificate of marriage, then the congratulations from family and friends, and finally the recessional. Your ceremony may be as shor t or as lengthy as you like, with ample oppor tunities to add your own personality and colour. The introduction or address offers a chance for your celebrant to tell your love story, while the





Are you looking for a Celebrant that can connect with the crowd, make everyone smile and feel at ease amongst the nervous tension of the big day? My fresh, fun and original approach will have your guests talking about the ceremony for years! I am here to help you create your wedding ceremony without the boredom factor. Enjoy the whole experience, why not it’s your Celebration! 0432 208 248


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Everyone deserves an amazing wedding which reflects their style. Lindy Cooke Celebrant uses her creative background to weave your story into a ceremony that speaks from the heart. Lindy is available for bookings throughout the Northern Rivers and beyond. Why not get in touch to discuss her packages, obligation free? 02 6625 2306 / 0401 941 138

BYRON BAY WEDDING CELEBRANT Creating Young, Fun, Modern Wedding Ceremonies My style is fun, modern and memorable - I am always honoured to be part of such a special day. From small informal ceremonies to large, traditional style weddings I will guide you through to ensure the day runs smoothly.

0412 649 313 ByronBayWeddingCelebrantMichelleShannon

seamless as possible and avoid the big no-no of guests either straining to hear the vows or not being able to hear them at all. If the quality of sound is good at your ceremony, its likely no-one will even give sound a second thought! Instead, guests should be solely focused on you and your par tner, enjoying the ceremony and the many poignant moments. Whether it’s a windy hilltop or a tiny indoor venue, a seasoned celebrant will ensure that your voice is heard. If you’re a bit nervous about speaking in front of a crowd, make sure you organise a wedding rehearsal. Give the microphone a test run, and ensure that you feel comfor table with the sound equipment and the volume of your voice. Always ask your celebrant about their PA system, as a good quality, reliable, cordless PA system will mean less potential problems on the day.


Have you ever been to a wedding where a family member is left in charge of the music — and accidently queues the wrong track? Instead of putting pressure on your nearest and dearest


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to act as your ceremony DJ, enquire about the possibility of your celebrant running your track list. Songs that you may consider include those for the prelude, the processional, the signing of the marriage register, the congratulations and the recessional. However, like all elements of your ceremony, you can customise this to suit your tastes.


You’ll spend quite a bit of money organising your photographer for the day, so make sure that your celebrant is given a heads-up on the dress code. Talk to your celebrant about your preferred colours and level of formality, so you can make sure those precious ceremony photos look picture-perfect.


So, rain is predicted for your outdoor wedding, your celebrant falls ill or there’s an issue with your bridal par ty. Whatever the glitch, talk through all possible Plan Bs with your celebrant prior to the event — and put your mind to rest. There’s never a problem that’s so big it

can’t be fixed, but without careful consideration you could find yourself dealing with unwanted stress on your wedding day.


“If you asked me what the least impor tant factor is, I would say price,” says celebrant Lindy. “Everyone has a budget to work to but, if you solely shop on price, you may well get a ceremony that has been churned out endless times before, with no love and only the names changed.” As with all savvy decisions during the wedding planning process, remember that this day comes around only once, and while your budget must be a consideration, it’s also impor tant to get all the elements of your wedding right. The fees charged by celebrants across the Nor th Coast are only a fraction of your theming, catering or attire costs. So, considering the significance of the wedding ceremony, paying for a professional celebrant is well wor th the investment.

Stylish camping Flying flags, gourmet picnic and cosy comfort blend with gorgeous floral touches to make a truely romantic camping adventure

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Belinda & Thomas


Tom and I met at the University of New England in Armidale. We both lived in Austin College, Tom was in his second year of Primary Teaching and I was in my first year of Primary Teaching.


It was Tom’s 27th Birthday and so I wouldn’t suspect anything Tom’s mum had arranged a long weekend at a Bed & Breakfast in Bellingen. We drove up with some nibbles and drinks with the plan to find somewhere nice for a picnic. However, it wouldn’t stop raining so we ended up with the picnic at our Bed & Breakfast. Later that evening I was getting ready to go out for dinner and Tom popped the question, it was a lovely surprise!


The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. We stood in front of the magnificent Tallowood Tree that is the spectacular feature in the rainforest. We had family read special poems and my brother Rob Waugh was the official celebrant which made the ceremony so special and personal. North Coast WEDDINGS



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their own attire, as well as travel to the wedding location and their own accommodation. Bridesmaids and Junior Bridesmaids (below) walk in the procession down the aisle, before the bride. Importantly they mingle and dance with the groomsmen at the reception and attend to the bride’s needs.


The groomsmen/groomswomen have very few responsibilities before the wedding. Mainly, they help the best man plan and host the bucks night. Groomsmen need to arrive early at the ceremony, willing to greet and seat guests. Like the Best Man, Maid of Honour and the Bridesmaids, they pay for their own outfit, and are responsible for getting to the wedding location and their own accommodation if travelling from elsewhere.


There are no hard and fast rules, although a Junior Bridesmaid is generally aged between nine and teenagehood. Flower girls are younger, around four to eight years old.


The Junior Bridesmaid wears a dress paid for by her family that is in the same style as the other attendants. She is the first attendant to walk ahead of the bride down the aisle, carrying her own bouquet (or petals to scatter).


A junior groomsman is also a tweenie (9-13 years old) and are simply part of the bridal party, escorting any junior bridesmaid in the recessional. The Junior Groomsman wears an outfit paid for by his family that is in the same style as the other attendants.


The ring bearer is traditionally a child who carries the wedding rings on a satin pillow down the aisle, ahead of the bride. The Maid of Honour and Best Man then take the appropriate rings off the pillow and give them to the bride and groom. Like the flower girl, the ring bearer’s parents pay for his/her outfit.


We also suggest couples consider delegating the following activities: 1. Bar tab and drinks service – have a person on hand who can take care of rowdy or drunk guests and make an announcement when the tab service is close to ending. 2. Long speeches – Ask one of the bridal party or the MC with a good sense of humour to time the speeches and step in to graciously grab the microphone. 3. Dietary requirements and food service – particularly for cocktail weddings with canapé service – circulating around the room and asking guests if they have had enough to eat is invaluable. Dietary requirements are now the norm – let wait staff know who requires a special diet so they can make sure they are not overlooked as often in the flurry of postceremony socialising they don’t miss out. 4. Getting home – keeping an eye on grandma and making sure all the wedding guests can get home – perhaps even calling cabs – is a great relief for the bride and groom.



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BONVILLE GOLF RESORT The complete wedding experience


ecently announced as the Best Wedding Ceremony Venue and the best Wedding Resor t Reception Venue in New South Wales by the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards for Excellence, Bonville Golf Resor t is the perfect destination for your perfect day. A variety of indoor and outdoor ceremony locations and reception venues allows Bonville to cater for a wide range of styles and budgets. Bonville Golf Resor t provides the complete wedding experience. We can guide you through any decision you need to make and can tailor a package to suit your personal requirements. From the time of the initial booking to the morning after the event, Bonville’s sales team and function staff will ensure that every bride and groom’s special day is effor tless. Our breathtaking ceremony locations will create the perfect setting for you to say, “I do”. The tranquil rainforest setting is idyllic for an outdoor ceremony in natural surroundings, or the picturesque 1st hole, 17th hole or Terrace Lawn to take in the stunning beauty of the golf course and gardens. Bonville Golf Resor t also offers 5 unique reception venues that cater for all sized weddings. From the smaller intimate receptions


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held in the atrium style Gallery, for 30 guests, to the Classic Room seating up to 150 guests comfor tably, both on the 1st floor of the Clubhouse. The Classic Room is a private, spacious venue surrounded on two sides with large Queenslander style verandas which overlook the beautiful award winning golf course, gardens and surrounds. For something a little different, Bonville offers the Flooded Gums Restaurant and the Terrace Lawn, which are both located on the ground floor and offer unequalled views of Bonville’s 18th fairway with the setting just metres from the golf course. The Flooded Gums Restaurant with bi-fold doors on all sides open onto the magnificent terrace for an alfresco setting. For a ‘one of a kind’ wedding day, why not look at whisking your guests away to a secret marquee reception location on the golf course. The 17th hole offers a unique setting with a natural stream and lush gardens, which provides a romantic backdrop for your pre-dinner drinks and marquee reception. Bonville Golf Resor t continues to be a leader in the wedding and catering industry after being awarded Wedding Caterer of the Year as well as Overall Caterer of the Year by the Nor thern NSW Restaurant and Catering

Awards for Excellence. The wedding and function menus are a reflection of the food served in The Flooded Gums Restaurant by Head Chef Michael Urquhar t (formerly of No. 2 Oak Street), with dishes from the à la car te dinner menu crossing over to the wedding and function menus. Bonville’s 30 accommodation rooms overlook the first fairway ensuing that your guests don’t have far to travel to get a good night’s sleep. For more information on having your wedding at NSW’s most awarded wedding venue, phone Stephanie Kesby on (02) 6653 4002, or visit Photos: Leeboo Photography

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Annie & Daniel


Dan and I first met in Sydney at work – he was based in Melbourne, but working out of the Sydney office, and I was helping his team. It took us a year to strike up the courage to actually tell each other that we liked one another


Dan took me to Sydney for a romantic weekend, we were having a picnic and champagne overlooking Sydney Harbour and he whipped out a crossword puzzle with questions about all our dates and favourite moments over the years. Once I had successfully completed the puzzle he told me I’d get a prize if I closed my eyes. I was expecting a kiss, but when I opened my eyes he was on one knee with a beautiful sparkly engagement ring. I burst into tears and laughter at the same time, it was an amazingly fun day.

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Photo: Little World Big Photography

hair ANDbeauty Photo: Left, Meraki Images

Flowers create a gorgeous romantic look to any style. Above Right - Outpost Hair and Beauty. Above - Hair by Tracy.

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot preFoundation Skin Primer for an even base for your make-up

On trend relaxed causual styles by Outpost Hair and Beauty. Photo: Wanagi Sable Andrews

Phenomena Comb from Mimco

Phenomena Clip from Mimco Spectrum Comb from Mimco

Opal Crystal Circle head band by Babushka Ballerina

Bijou head piece by Shut the Front Door


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Triple Flower and Swag head piece by Babushka Ballerina /

Spectrum Pony holder from Mimco

Kaleidoscope head piece by Shut the Front Door

J Bronze Dark Tanning lotion for an even gorgeous tan


dining platters for entree and he newest wedding venue mains ensuring no one leaves on the mid north coast the celebration hungry.When has arrived and is open for it’s dessert time the team can bookings in 2017. Nestled beautifully present your cake in the heart of Bellingen in a on a table with extra sweets, beautifully restored 108 year and choose from a tea and church is Cedar Bar & Kitchen. coffee station or let your Delivering gorgeous wedding guests order delightful barista ceremonies and receptions, THE NEWEST WEDDING VENUE ON THE NORTH COAST made brews. the team at Cedar will ensure Marrying in Bellingen gives your special day is one to truly multiple spaces for your unique celebration, Cedar remember. comprises of a modern front bar, two breezy you an array of picturesque photo opportunities Owners Paul & Victoria Harper know what balconies and a grand function space - the ‘Cedar including the historical church, heritage Bellingen it is like to start the journey of planning your Room’. Cedar Room can host up to 100 guests buildings, the majestic Bellinger river and the wedding. Event Manager Victoria says  “When we seated or 180 cocktail style.You can hire the entire surrounding valleys and fields. With connections to were married 2 years ago in Sydney we found venue for exclusive use and theme the space to suit many fantastic local suppliers including celebrants, photographers, florists, cake makers, musicians and that experience of choosing a wedding venue your unique day. very impersonal – we were handed a wedding The food concept at Cedar is a relaxed take on furniture hire - let the team at Cedar make the pack with pricing and that was it, ‘like it or leave local, simple ingredients with regionally sourced planning process an easy one. Cedar can also host your engagement party, it’. We want to work with couples to create their proteins and local fresh produce. The kitchen team own unique celebration. We understand that it is is made up of dedicated foodies who take pride hens or bucks night or post wedding breakfast. probably the most expensive party you will ever in serving tasty, wholesome meals. Cedar offers To find out more. . . throw yourselves, so you want it to be right!” a delicious and diverse range of food and event 02 6655 1001 / Email The charming venue features classic, colourful options; from tasty canapes and specialised cocktails Want to see the venue? Cedar Bar & Kitchen is stained glass windows, incredible high ceilings and to luxurious grazing boards and craft beers.  For open 7 days so book your table or pop in and say is renovated with modern comforts. Offering seated receptions the team offers a modern shared hi to the team.

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ELEGANT HORIZONS Endless skies on reflecting steel create an

everlasting impression of boundless beauty.

Handcrafted cards, floral elegance, signature

cocktails and luxurious tableware all combine to create a truely romantic setting

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cloud catcher studios / LOCATION: Summergrove Estate / Stylist: Event Stylist Co. / STATIONARY: Lindqvist Ink / SET PROP: Austream Affairs / TABLEWARE: Table for Louis / CAKE: The Cake that Ate Paris / Drinks: Inkgin / FLORAL DESIGN: Flowers by Julia Rose North Coast WEDDINGS



The most romantic beach setting Begin your married life together in one of the most romantic settings possible; create your dream wedding in the beautiful costal surrounds of the Coffs Coast’s most popular wedding venue BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resor t. You can select from an elegant chapel courtyard garden ceremony set in amongst the lush subtropical resort gardens, say I do in the gorgeous on-site cedar chapel or capture the stunning backdrop of Diggers Beach to create the perfect backdrop for ever lasting memories of your special day. Catering for up to 150 guests for a seated reception and up to 220 for a cocktail style reception and situated on absolute beachfront the resor t is the ideal venue for your destination wedding. With 3 stunning wedding venues to select from all with views of Diggers Beach you’ll instantly fall in love with the charm of the resor ts breath taking setting. The resor t offers a variety of onsite accommodation options for your wedding guests including Hotel Studio Rooms, Paradise Spa Bures 2 and 3 bedroom villas. Your wedding guests will also be treated to fantastic discounts for booking wedding accommodation direct at the proper ty. In addition the bride and groom will receive a complimentary night in a one bedroom Paradise Spa Bure for the night of the wedding including full buffet breakfast for 2 when booking a wedding of 50 or more adults. Your special day will come together seamlessly with the experienced and professional service from the resor ts dedicated wedding and events team on site to ensure your special day is filled with happiness, tears of joy and special moments that you will treasure forever. Contact the friendly events team to star t planning the most magical day of your life! BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resor t 02 6652 7555


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Book your wedding for 70+ adults during winter 2017 * (May-September) and receive up to $1500.00 in savings along with fantastic offers from the resorts highly recommended suppliers Special Occasions and Peter Sechi Photography. Terms and conditions apply.

discover GRAFTON

Photo: Little Glimpses

With stunning Jacaranda-lined streets casting purple flowers across your path, as well as a multitude of scenic waterways and beautiful examples of colonial architecture, Grafton offers couples a picturesque location to say their “I dos” Located in the lush Clarence Valley, approximately 7 hour’s drive from Sydney, this provincial township is the commercial hub of the region, offering exceptional dining, enter tainment and events. With a long, rich history and natural surrounds, Grafton weddings often combine elements of country and classic style — with rustic elegance and boho two popular choices of theme. From the flourishing purple Jacarandas — which have become the town’s trademark — to the beautiful Clarence River, Grafton lends itself to outdoor ceremonies that take full advantage of the striking scenery. Popular ceremony sites include Strontium Park, which offers an array of majestic fig trees that act as a natural canopy for your ceremony, with the tranquil waters of the Clarence River as your backdrop. See Park is another lovely location for a garden ceremony, with manicured lawns, graceful Jacarandas and water views across the lake.

Alumny Creek Reserve provides a village green atmosphere, and surrounds the historic site and must-see tourist attraction, The Alumny Creek School Museum. McLennan’s Lane offers panoramic views of the river, with large fig trees that will add drama and beauty to your ceremony. You may hold your ceremony and reception at the same site, with their beautifully restored B&B cottage available for receptions. If you’re looking for a venue a little out of town, The Big River Ski Lodge at Seelands is a popular choice; offering guest accommodation, ample outdoor space and uninterrupted river views. If you’ve envisaged a more traditional ceremony, the awe-inspiring Christ Church Cathedral, on the corner of Victoria and Duke Streets, makes a grand statement — with towering ceilings, intricate detailing and an impressive facade. Accommodation in Grafton is both affordable and plentiful, with an array of motels, B&Bs, heritage-listed hotels, retreats and centrally-


• Located in the Clarence Valley, Grafton is approximately 315 km from Brisbane (just under 4 hours’ drive) and 625 km from Sydney (7 hours’ drive). • You may fly into the Clarence Valley Regional Airport, just 16 km from the Grafton CBD with flights from Sydney via Regional Express. Coffs Harbour Airport is one of the largest regional airports and is located an hour’s drive away. It’s serviced by five carriers, and has direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne. • Grafton is also accessible by train and coach; so for timetables, fares and bookings visit to plan your next trip.

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located apar tments. While you and your guests revel in wedding celebrations, there’s also ample excuses to get out and explore Grafton and the surrounding regions. Why not take the time to discover Grafton’s Heritage Trail of early colonial buildings, or visit landmarks Schaeffer House Museum, Sisters of Mercy Heritage Garden or Grafton Regional Gallery? Take a stroll through one of Grafton’s many picture-perfect parks, or line-up your wedding to coincide with the town’s vibrant Jacaranda Festival. Due to its natural location and pristine waterways, Grafton is the perfect spot to swim and fish; you may even wish to hire a boat and explore the Clarence River up close. If you’d like to venture a little further afield, the ocean-side destinations of Iluka and Yamba are an easy drive away, and there’s also the mighty Clarence Gorge, located one and a half hours drive, north-west of Grafton. The historic township of Ulmarra offers ar ts, crafts and antiques, and is just an 18 minute drive away from Grafton. And for the couple that craves adventure, Nymboida National Park provides a pristine wilderness where you can 4WD, bushwalk, mountain bike or canoe the white-waters of the Nymoida and Mann rivers. Whether you’re choosing to marry on a private proper ty or you’ve decided upon a dedicated wedding venue, Grafton is a well-kept wedding secret of the Clarence Valley — offering equal amounts of sophistication and country charm. To star t planning your next visit to Grafton, go to or to find out more about this beautiful regional centre. Special thanks to Stephanie Flay Photography (stephanieflayphotography. com) and Flowers by Bonnie ( who assisted with this ar ticle.




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Black Tie Photobooths specialises in entertainment for you and your guest. We engage with guests to create a fun filled atmosphere. Our packages are filled with loads of laughs, instant prints, custom designed photo strips, fun props and a USB with all images captured on the night. Our photo booths are a great way to get your guests to socialise, relax and have fun! Contact Felicity at about our enclosed or open photo booths for your wedding.

Your magical day. Wedding days are magical and your wedding rings are a symbol of your love. Selecting engagement and wedding rings is one of the most emotionally charged of life’s many wonderful events. Harveys Jewellers, your trusted jewellers since 1878, for your wedding rings and bridal jewellery as well as the finishing touches for the groom and bridal party.

0430 216 600

02 6643 3800


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Photo: Scott Carle Photography

We talk to

Tara Ledger, Outpost Hair & Beauty’s new hair and makeup wedding specialist

What does a hair and make up specialist do? We have to get to know the bride, what they like and what she will love, how the style will fit in with the day, the gown, the bridesmaids and flowers all in the first consult. Whether you have a trial or meeting them for the first time on their big day. We have to work magic and work with what you have and make it last till the clock strikes 12!  What does a bride do if they can’t decide on a style? Most brides have picture in their head of what they want to look like on the day. I think the best option to have is a few different photos for inspiration. A stylist can personalise the style suited to the bride, a trial is always a great option if you’re not sure, that way there are no regrets – and always remember to speak up if you want something changed. That is my biggest must at the end of a wedding to make sure the bride and party are perfectly happy. Why do you love doing weddings? When I was young I was flower girl a few times. I still remember sitting in the salon under a hooded dryer getting curls. I loved the smell, the salon, the experience, and from then on I wanted to be a hairdresser. My passion was always style, I love that when you start in the morning of the big day most

brides have bed hair an hour later they are ready for the most important day of their lives and I help create that dream. Any tips for the bride to ensure they have a lasting look on their wedding day? The last thing any stylist wants to do is talk a bride out of what she wants. Be realistic of what will last with your hair type and what won’t, an upstyle will look better for longer than down curls. Using the right products and knowing how to work with them is a must, you need to have the foundations and prep work to make any style magical and last as long as possible. What are the latest trends in wedding hair and makeup? Defiantly soft elegant loose styles are in, it’s all very relaxed styles with lace gowns and mixed flowers. Soft natural make up with pinks and soft browns. Each wedding is individual and needs to be what suits the dress and the theme and more important what the bride is comfortable with. 41 Hyde Street, Bellingen / 6655 0315 North Coast WEDDINGS



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Katie & Michael


We grew up in the same town. Michael was a year below me at school and we always knew one another but it wasn’t until we were in our early 20’s that we really connected. Michael was living and working on the gold coast and I had to move to Sydney to start my nursing career. After 6 months Michael made the big decision to move his life to Sydney and join mine. This is definitely when I knew what we had was worth something.


Two years into our relationship Michael and I fell pregnant with our son Willow who is now 3. We knew we were always committed to each other and marriage was the next step for our family. Michael proposed on a whim before a work function. He is definitely not the romantic type and his proposal was very him. Although I knew he was very nervous. North Coast WEDDINGS


Summer Horizons Photographer : Cloud Catcher Studios Location: Summergrove Estate Hair : Amy Spry Hair Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose Make up: The Caldera Makeup Collective Stylist: Event Stylist Co. Stationery: Lindqvist Ink Set Prop: Austream Affairs Fashion: Emporium Bellingen, Melinda Perry, Divine Bridal and Formalwear Suits: Urbanna Casual menswear : Emporium Bellingen Tableware: Table for Louis Cake: The Cake that Ate Paris Shoes: Octavia Shoes Jewellery: Willow & Wander Drinks: Inkgin Female Model: Emily Whitlock Horses: Wildwood trails Male Model: Callum Snell Harness: Cindy Vogels


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Jadore lace dress: Divine Bridal and Formalwear Shoes: Octavia Shoes Earrings: Willow and Wander


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Top & skir t: Melinda Perry Shoes: Octavia Shoes Headpiece and Earrings: Willow and Wander Mens Jacket: Scotch & Soda; Shir t - Must Only Dance Scotch & Soda; Meyer linen pants; Menswear from Emporium Bellingen

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Dress: Melinda Perry Earrings: Willow and Wander


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Dress: Divine Bridal & Formalwear Earrings: Willow and Wander Mens suit, shir t & shoes: Urbbana, Gold Coast

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Dress: Twin Set from Emporium Bellingen Necklace: Willow and Wander Mens trousers & belt: Scotch & Soda; Mens shir t: Sea You - Scotch & Soda; Menswear from Emporium Bellingen


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Dress: Moss & Spy from Emporium Bellingen Earrings: Willow and Wander Shir t: Must Only Dance-Scotch & Soda; Meyer linen trousers; Menswear from Emporium Bellingen

Photographer : Cloud Catcher Studios / Location: Summergrove Estate / Hair : Amy Spry Hair / Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose / Make up: The Caldera Makeup Collective / Stylist: Event Stylist Co. / Stationery: Lindqvist Ink / Set Prop: Austream Affairs / Fashion: Emporium Bellingen / Melinda Perry / Divine Bridal and Formalwear / Suits: Urbbana Gold Coast / Casual menswear : Emporium Bellingen / Tableware: Table for Louis / Cake: The Cake that Ate Paris Shoes: Octavia Shoes / Jewellery: Willow & Wander / Drinks: Inkgin / Female Model: Emily Whitlock Horses: Wildwood trails @the_willow_wood_trail / Male Model: Callum Snell / Harness: Cindy Vogels North Coast WEDDINGS


Our fashion shoot...


he fashion shoots are always an exciting part of putting the magazine together. Getting to meet and work with talented locals is a great experience. Many times we bring together people they have not worked together before but go on to form great working realationships in the future. Everyone is briefed on the theme and look the week before, but a lot is still left to ‘go with the flow’ on the day. With so many creative minds together some amazing things happen. Summergrove Estate was our host, a 73 acre property with magnificaent ocean and hinterland views situated in the hills of Carool in northern NSW not far from the Queensland border. Climbing the driveway of the property the gleaming Airstream came into view, reflecting the countryside in its mirror-like finish to reveal a fabulous bar and lounge area. The Ink Gin cocktails on the bar looked every bit as inviting. Coming to the top of the rise where a table was being set up looking over the awe inspiring view. A lot of flair and dedication goes into displaying tableware to make it look just perfect. I unpack the gowns, menswear and jewellery generously donated for use on the day and head for the beauty room where the model was already being preped by the hairdresser and makeup artist. The footwear from Octavia Shoes is set up and I want to try them all on they are just beautiful. Meanwhile the floral decorations were being set up in the chapel, hours of work for just 20 minutes of photos. Flowers and greenery are being chauffered around in a golf buggy. We ease into the first shots of the day that help everyone start to work as a team. Emily our model and Alyce our photographer are firing and the first of the photos look fabulous. Costume, shoe and jewellery changes follow. Callum our male model arrives with his two horses which we are using in the shoot. Julia and her team are making a gorgeous floral harness and


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headwear for the horse, they make it look so easy and we have to try and stop the horses from feeding on the delicious flowers. So far the weather has been fine and cloudy but now threatening with squalls of wind. We are conscious of rain being forcast for later in the day, but we are trying not to think of that. After simply gorgeous photos in the chapel we break for a much needed lunch to restore everyones energy level, kindly supplied by the team at Summergrove Estate. The afternoon sees us shooting the gorgeously laid table and praying the breeze doesn’t keep blowing out the candles.The beautifull hand crafted stationery adds the finishing touch to the elegant look of the setting. The pavlova is the final item to be placed and we dribble lashings of berry syrup to flow deliciously down the sides, all of us are waiting for a taste at the end of the shoot. The horses are next and first time rider Emily does a fabulous job of staying in the saddle and looking like an experienced rider. Callum has them well trained and the myth of don’t work with animals doesn’t apply, we coax them with food and they preform perfectly. Luckily it is daylight saving in NSW and the shoot stretches into the early evening till at last we are finished and packing up starts just as it begins to lightly rain. Everyone is tired but on a high. The day has gone better than planned and the photos we look through on the back of the camera are just wonderful. The weather finally breaks as we all say good bye, some of us with a short journey home others with hours to travel. The day is finished for most of us, but Alyce still has to process the photos in the coming week and send me the proofs. Sometimes the hardest part of all is picking the final photos to make it into the magazine and choosing the cover photo. But that is all to come... On the following pages, read about the team that put it all together.

AMY SPRY HAIR Amy Spry is a specialist wedding hair stylist who has been in the industry for 10 years. Working from Ballina to the Gold Coast Amy has a select group of artists that share her values in providing a first class hair and make up service on your wedding day. Amy has a calm demeanour and wants nothing more than to make the preparation a positive and memorable part of your wedding day. Amy’s work has been described as soft, timeless and romantic but her true strength lies in listening to a bride’s vision and ideas for her look and bringing them to life. Amy truly believes that exceptional Hair and Makeup should reflect who you are and enhance your best features on your special day. See our website for an extensive portfolio of work. 0401 583 161 • • instagram @amyspryhairandmakeup • Find us on facebook


Tissue stashes. Bouquet holders. Reassures. Huggers. Extended family wranglers. Time keepers. Weather predictors. Tellers of terrible jokes. Dance floor starters. Cloud Catcher Studio are so much more than just ‘the wedding photographers’. We love wedding photography with all of our hearts. We keep wedding days super un-awkward and make sure being photographed is a completely joyful experience - not just for our couples, but for all their guests too. Instagram: @cloudcatcherstudio


Located in Bellingen, on the mid north coast of NSW, Emporium Bellingen is a complete men’s and women’s outfitters and homewares store. Specialising in non traditional wedding wear to give an individual and authentic look to you and your bridal party. People business is what sustains us, we pride ourselves on providing attentive service and maintaining goodwill to our customers, and can assist you personally with a consultation by appointment. Photo: Cloud Catcher Studio 73-75 Hyde Street, Bellingen Open 7 days 02 6655 2204 Find us on facebook


Our comprehensive service takes the pressure off you. Just come to us with all your ideas or no idea at all and we tailor an event plan to suit your budget. We take full control of the project management while you relish holding the reins the entire way. We will ensure your event is something that tells your story, by sourcing the best vendors specifically tailored to you. You just sit back and enjoy whilst we manage the timeline, budgets and the constant emails with the ‘right’ suppliers. We give you the confidence to know that everything will go to plan. 0401 360 273


Vintage Airstream Hire - Primarily servicing QLD & Northern NSW The Airstream is ideal as a bar for Weddings, Hens & Bucks Nights also for corporate events, tradeshows, mobile advertising, charity fundraisers. It is guaranteed to be a show-stopper and a talking point whether it is hired for business or for fun. 0406 006 640 • •


Add some local flavour to your day by offering your guests a craft cocktail on arrival. Ink Gin is hand made in Tumbulgum, Northern NSW using local, exotic and traditional botanicals before being infused with a flower petal to impart a beautiful colour and smoothness. 50ml bottles also available as wedding favours. 0406 063 040 • •

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MELINDA PERRY COUTURE Melinda Perry creates bespoke and ready to wear garments using luxurious natural textiles with contemporary and couture dressmaking methods. Based on the Mid North Coast, Melinda is passionate about working with you to create gowns that fully express your personality. These gowns are comfortable, fit beautifully, allow you to look your best and truly shine. Inspired greatly by her natural environment and empowered women through the ages, Melinda Perry’s signature gowns encompass timeless elegance, rich natural fabrics and daring colour palettes. Relaxed yet professional, Melinda invites you to contact her for the creation of gowns as beautiful as you are. Photos: Left-The Mil Studios, Right-Cloud Catcher Studios 0403 867 257 • Photo: Ivy Road Photography


We design quality leather women’s shoes and place particular attention on comfort. Only the highest quality, beautifully soft leather products are used. Our handcrafted Octavia Mark ll collection, offer elegance, luxury and comfort in luxurious fine fabrics.This collection is a tribute to Brigitte Bardot - which echoes independence and uncompromising talent, unfaltering beauty, style, strength, intelligence and activism. Our designs & fabrics echo the artistic and intellectual spirit of our muse, and reflect the strength women possess, the depth of love and Photos: passion they foster.

07 55278345


Featured as one of ‘Australia’s best wedding venues with a view’ by Wedded Wonderland and ‘one of Australia’s best outdoor wedding venues’ by WedShed, the unique hinterland charm of Summergrove Estate will create a lasting impression for your wedding day. A stunning outlook from lush 73 acres, including ocean views, rustic vineyard, olive groves and orchards offering an infinity of photo opportunities. Private beauty room, romantic villas, ocean view chapel and garden ceremony locations, indoor and outdoor reception option and pool. Exclusive use packages available, located 15km from Coolangatta airport. 363 Carool Road, Carool NSW 07 5590 8363 /


Table for Louis offers luxury table styling for your wedding or any special dining event leading up to your wedding day. High quality tableware has been curated by the owner of Table for Louis, such as Waterford crystal, European dinnerware and customised cutlery are used to provide a unique, luxurious and exceptionally stunning table settings. Please call Judy Goffman to discuss your ideas and requirements.

0411 709 480

JULIA ROSE WEDDING FLOWERS With over 20 years industry experience, Julia-Rose is a celebrated floral artist with an international reputation for her sumptuous organic and naturally eclectic designs. Julia-Rose is the epitome of artistry and glamour when it comes to her floral arrangements. She has built her reputation on her jaw-dropping design and dedication to perfection, for all who have hired her; be it the fashion and media industry requesting her to sprinkle her magic on bouquets and floral hair arrangements for their runway extravaganzas and fashion shoots; to the avant-garde media campaigns she has been appointed to for appreciation of her je nais se quoi; and the multitudes of brides who entrusted her to leave lasting impressions with her stylish impeccable eye for floral design, she has been consistently impressive. 0439 894 737 • • Find us on facebook


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groom Scotch & Soda, Spread Collar Shirt

Scotch & Soda Garment Dyed Blazer in sand. Scotch & Soda menswear available from Emporium Bellingen

Scotch & Soda Premium Linen Shir t in white

Gorgeous gift packs from Wood & Beau

Handcrafted wooden bow ties. Available in a range of wood, styles and colours. from Wood & Beau.

Handcrafted wooden cuff links from Wood & Beau

Chicargo Burgundy Shoes from Urbbana Gold Coast

Scotch & Soda, Warren - Twill Chinos Relaxed Slim Fit in Navy & Sand Linen cotton jacket from Urbbana Gold Coast /

3pc Navy Check Suit from Urbbana Gold Coast

Sky Blue Suit from Urbbana Gold Coast

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Jenna & Aaron


I actually fell in love with Aaron’s other half, Agnes. Agnes is a mustard yellow Kombi van. As soon as I saw that Kombi, I had to know who owned her. Aaron and I met soon after, and the rest is – as they say – history.


Aaron asked me to marry him on Christmas Eve, on one knee, in my mother’s garden in New Zealand. My entire family was home for Christmas, so it was a very brave move! But, he knew how much I was missing home, and how much it would mean to me to share that moment with them.


The ceremony was full of special moments! Arriving to the aisle in Agnes was the obvious choice. We chose to have the ceremony on an almost island that is created by two dams. Gum


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Casey & Shane


We first met at a mutual friends 18th birthday party


We went away for the weekend to celebrate our 4th anniversary to a small little country cannons called Ripples on the Creek just out of Kyogle. We were told there were platypus in the creek, so we walked down to the beautiful creek looking for the platypus. I turned around to say something to Shane and there he was down on one knee. The sun was setting through the trees, it was beautiful. We went back to the cabin where there were rose petals and candles leading to the outdoor spa. It was very beautiful and so romantic.


I arrived in a helicopter which my family had arranged and wore cowboy boots with my dress which were a gift from Shane. The day was overcast and threatening to rain but a patch of sunshine shone on us through the clouds during the ceremony. We got married on top of my favourite hill.


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cakes A gorgeous floral decorated cake from The Cake That Ate Paris

Photo: Figtree Pictures

A trio of cakes with stunning flowers just bursting with colour from Sweet Love Cake Couture

Beautifully marbled decorated cake finished with fresh flowers from The Cake That Ate Paris

Delightful moulded cake topper figures add a personal touch from Sweet Love Cake Couture

Photo: Tennille Fink Photography

Elegant styling by The Cake That Ate Paris Photo: Ivy Road Photography

Just oozing romance this 5 tiered baby blue and gold cake from Sweet Love Cake Couture

Mint & gold, the perfect combination for a simple and stylish cake from Sweet Sense Cakes

Silver and blue ruffles make an elegant statement from Sweet Love Cake Couture

Gloriously rose decorated tier cake from Sweet Love Cake Couture


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Red velvet

Rolling hills, a bouquet of velvet petals and lush greenery. A cool green forest welcomes you to an exotic picnic with simply divine desserts

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Caitlin & Nick


We met at a friend’s party- Caitlin was the quiet one and Nick didn’t know many people and we just spoke for hours. Talked for another year before we actually got together but it was never going to be any other way.


We went on a Holiday to Daydream Island to get away from the winter cold. On the second night of our holiday, Nick found us our own spot to watch the sun set over mainland Australia. The colours of the sky were splendid and the last of the sunlight shone off the water. Nick got on one knee and proposed with the bright orange sun just sneaking behind the mountains.


Caitlin arrived to the reception in a 1956 F250 owned and driven by a close family friend. The ceremony was held at the end of Sealy Lookout overlooking Coffs Harbour on a perfectly clear day. We released butterflies at the end of our ceremony. North Coast WEDDINGS



flowers Natives and textured leaves from Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose

Photo: Finch & Ivy

Bright sunflowers make a bold statement from Flowers by Bonnie A splash of spring colour from Yamba Florist

A gorgeous red and pink themed arbor with matching jewelled bouquet from Flowers by Bonnie / Photo: Finch & Ivy

The statement of a single colour bouquet, white roses from Yamba Florist

Succulents add texture and gorgeous colour from Flowers by Bonnie

Native floral table decor with scattered candles from Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose /

Photo: Finch & Ivy

A beautiful hanging feature of leaves accented by circle of candles make an elegant wedding arbor from Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose

Glasshouse Flowers By Design


Flowers by Bonnie

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Flowers by Bonnie

Glasshouse Flowers By Design

Entwined Romance

Swinging gently under an entwined floral canapy creates a enchanting private wonderland as you peacefully watch the world float by

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Award Winning & Internationally Trusted 2 x Wedding Photographers Brides Hair & Makeup or Engagement Shoot Unlimited Edited Images & Retouched Portraits Byron Bay > Gold Coast > Destination

Lavish Bella Package - only $2500! / #Lady_Bella_Australia


Make your ‘most memorable moments’ in a WEIGHTLESS WOVEN BLISS BASKET! Capture unique images, seductive swinging sessions, a perfect playspace! Canopy Cradles are available for weddings, events, photo shoots, parties, and venues. Various styles available to fit up to 10 people. Ignite a sense of magic in the hearts of your guests with these ‘otherworldly’ woven wonderlands. Photo: Arterium

For info and bookings:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lady Bella Photography / HAIR & MAKEUP: Lady Bella / FLOWERS: Flowers by Lynda Gold Coast / GOWN: Satya James Boutique / HANGING BASKETS: for bookings contact / MODELS: Korey Williams & Shaleigh Bronsveld North Coast WEDDINGS


Sarah & Matt


We met while filming a TV commercial for Matt’s parents business. It was advertising their catamaran cruises in Yamba. While we were on the boat, the camera crew wanted a couple for showing off the ‘sunset cruise’ that Rockfish offered. Matt and I were chosen and had to pretend to be a couple even though we had never met.


We are both teachers and finished school on Friday 18th December 2015. As we were leaving on Sunday to go to NYC & Iceland on a trip, Matt had planned on proposing while having a picnic that afternoon. However I invited other teacher friends over that afternoon to celebrate so it didn’t go to plan! The next morning we went for our early morning walk to get coffee and once home we got ready to go out to breakfast with family. Matt proposed on our front deck that he was very proud of building that year.


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fashion We love a little wedding bling

Handcrafted shoes from Octavia Shoes & Fashion /

Gorgeous strapless Stella York Plus size The perfect pink from Octavia Shoes & Fashion

Goddess bridesmaid dresses, the versatile dress to suit all body shapes and sizes in an array of colours from Bridal Bliss & After 5 /

Stunning charcoal bridesmaid dress from Bridal Bliss & After 5 /

Marnie from Bohemian Brides

Backless lace gown from Stella York Plus size

Stunning Versailles from Octavia Shoes & Fashion

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Photo: Maryanne Souter from Poppy Lane

High Tide Hardcase from Mimco

Ruby Kit diamanté clutch from Standbags Millie Drawing bodysuit from Stella McCar tney

Stevie Cape from Grace Loves Lace

Jolie Veil from Grace Loves Lace

Illusion Neckline Modern Vintage Bridal Gown from Alfred Angelo

I do, you do, we do After ‘I do’s’ are done, it’s time to party! And it’s not just any party. It’s your wedding day and the Tweed Events team at Twin Towns is determined to ensure everything goes to plan. Twin Towns on the border combines location, stylishly appointed event space, elegant decor, panoramic ocean and harbour views, onsite luxury accommodation and multi-award-winning chefs and events staff. All these impressive elements combine to create the complete wedding experience. Whether you’re planning an intimate cocktail party with close friends, a big bold family banquet or an elegant candlelit formal dinner, Twin Towns has the perfect place where you can do just that. Beautiful romantic settings for ceremonies and photographs surround Twin Towns border location, with stunning Southern Gold Coast beaches and the picture-perfect boat harbour just a short stroll away. Leave guests to relax and mingle in one of the many bars and lounges while you pose for snaps. Onsite accommodation at Mantra Twin Towns ensures a stress-free occasion for the bridal party and guests, by taking all the time they like to prepare for the big day in their own room or apartment.

Gia from Bohemian Brides


There is a range of restaurants and bars at Twin Towns where you can get together for rehearsal dinners and catch-ups in the lead-up to the big day. On Saturday 17 March from 10am to 3pm Qld, Twin Towns will hold a Wedding Open Day so couples can inspect Twin Towns’ venues and envisage how spectacular they could look for their wedding reception. River, Bay, Border and Horizons will be decorated in a variety of themes and Twin Towns Banquet Chefs will also be on hand, serving up sumptuous canapes from the Twin Towns wedding menus. On the day, one lucky couple will win a $10,000 dream wedding package to spend on venue hire and their wedding reception at Twin Towns. From Monday 2 January until the Wedding Open Day, those that book and complete a site inspection of Twin Towns wedding venues will receive an entry ticket in the draw. If they attend the Wedding Open Day they will receive an additional two entries in the draw, giving them three chances of walking away with

For more information about Twin Towns Wedding Open Day or to book your site inspection: e: / tel: 1800 015 015 / w:

the Twin Towns $10,000 dream wedding package. Those that just attend the Open Day will receive one ticket in the draw. To win you

must be present at the draw at 2.45pm Qld. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. LTPS/16/09255.

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Kendal & Shawn THE MEETING

We met through mutual friends in 2006 however, we had known of each other all through high school. This year we have been together ten years - this was why we decided to wait until 2016 to get married.


The proposal was at the end of our six week trip around the US and was on the eve of Shawn’s Australian 30th Birthday and New Year’s Eve 2014. We were in New York City on ‘Top of the Rock’ whilst watching the sunset. Straight after the proposal snow starting to fall – it was very romantic.


Our wedding day was very family oriented from start to finish. We didn’t have a specific theme as such we just wanted to incorporate the textures of the barn we built and the rolling green hills. If I had to describe the day I would say raw romance. I had my two brothers drive our cars to the ceremony, my niece and nephews involved in the wedding party and the Grooms Father looking after and walking our Dogs down the aisle. We wanted our ceremony to be simple and personable on top of a hill. We were surrounded by close family and friends and our two fur babies – Frankie and George.


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jewellery Gorgeous necklace with matching earrings from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Mariposa Tear from Lisa Black Jewell Diamond cluster necklace from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Lets Stay Together earrings from Willow and Wander Diamond ring from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Bluefire 144 Diamond ring from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Percepta Timepiece from Mimco

Diamond Trilogy hook earrings from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

18K white gold Bluefire 144 Diamond Ring from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Dreamcatcher in Labradorite from Willow and Wander

Stella Choker from Grace Loves lace

Cool Drip drop earrings from Mimco

Ladies & mens wedding bands from Harveys Jewellers Grafton

Vauxhall Choker from Mimco

Peonies Noir Earrings from Samantha Wills Vauxhall bracelet from Mimco

Sunrise Silence Grand Earrings from Samantha Wills Gold and diamond stacking rings from Helen Luna


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Opal Cove Resort- Say ‘I Do’ Surrounded by nature, family and friends Opal Cove Resort specialises in Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions making it the perfect venue for your special day. Say ‘I do’ surrounded by nature, your family and friends. Opal Cove Resort offers the exclusivity of only one wedding per day, ensuring the Bridal couple and guests can relax and enjoy the tranquil facilities at our idyllic beachside location offering fabulous views to the Solitary Islands. Opal Cove Resort offers a vast range of accommodation options enabling the wedding in its entirety to stay on site, taking advantage of extending the momentous occasion with family and friends. The facilities provide the ability to celebrate future anniversaries and in turn, family holidays. Capture the moment on your Wedding Day with a variety of Ceremony locations featuring amazing views of ocean, lagoon and garden backdrops. Our picturesque and stylishly appointed Reception venues offer the perfect location to celebrate your special day. Showcasing

natural lighting and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Opals function room can cater for up to 120 guests and is fully equipped with a Bar, DJ Booth, Dance Floor, Projector and Screen. For larger Weddings our Ballroom will be sure to impress featuring high ceilings, endless theming opportunities along with the capability of accommodating over 300 guests, offering ample room for dancing and entertainment. Opal Cove Resort boasts a spectacular backdrop for photographs enabling creation of those everlasting memories of your special day. A range of menu options are available and prepared by our passionate chefs who source the freshest quality produce and create dishes to suit all tastes including catering for all dietary requirements. Set in an idyllic location, offering luxury accommodation options, exquisite cuisine and quality service from a professional team, Opal Cove Resort have the ability to deliver the wedding you have always dreamed of.

Our dedicated Wedding Coordinator will guide you in making the most important day of your life stress free and memorable. Contact Chelsea today via (02) 6651 0510 or email weddings@ to tailor a Wedding Package to suit your particular needs!

We just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done to help prepare for our wedding day! You were amazing, helpful, caring and we couldn’t of asked for anything more! And to all your staff that helped bring together the most perfect night we can’t thank you all enough xx the food was AMAZING! We had so many comments how great the food was and how much there was! Please thank the kitchen staff. Huey & Jo xx

Meet the Romance Crew {Gasp} ‘This is amazing’ {Ohhhh} ‘How cool is this?!’ {Ahhhh} ‘Look over there…and there…and there!’ Yep…these are the reactions we aim for when creating a design for your event. We love a good par ty…and we like to do it in style. We have bought together a team of Stylists, Florists and Designers focused on creating truly amazing spaces, banishing chair sashes and disco balls, and making your wedding different to every other ‘been there done that’ wedding. We are ‘yes’ people. We sit down with you and dream and scheme over your Pinterest board, your ever expanding scrap book, and the ideas that are all in your head. We get to know you and your story, think about the flow of the day, what matters to you, the little details to make your guests feel special, and the overall design and feel of your event. Then if you need a little more help for all of the research, recommendations, appointments, bookings, spreadsheets, and rehearsals…our wedding planner has your back! So relax, have a vino, and let Team Rosie Pose + The Romance Crew put the joy into planning your wedding. Photos: Lyss and Her Camera

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Amanda & Etienne


Etienne was the poster boy for the accounting firm where Amanda’s senior accounting class went to for an open day. The next year she started at the same firm as an intern and a great friendship started. They thought they had kept their relationship discreetly under wraps but a year later when they announced they were an official item everyone commented, ‘haven’t you always been?’


Etienne had being trying to organise a surprise dinner for Amanda at the same place they had their first date. But she kept having to reschedule. So instead he organised a picnic and told her to meet him one street away from the park at a day spa. He said he was in need of a massage and had booked Amanda to get her nails done. Unknowingly ruining his plans once again, Amanda decided that she too would like a massage instead. Afterwards, they strolled to the park and Etienne started unloading all the goodies he had packed. Amanda was making jokes about how overboard he had gone, when he pulled out the last item which was the most beautiful diamond ring! Needless to say she was quite disappointed in herself for not taking up the offer to have her nails done! North Coast WEDDINGS


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Anna Barber Photographics creates romantic & timeless wedding images so you can look back on your special day for many years. A storyteller style photographer, capturing your precious moments of love, laughter & tears as if they were frozen in time. 0432 976 917




Continue the journey of planning your wedding on our website at The guide is a good place to start, packed full of information and links to suppliers servicing the Nor th Coast and beyond.

Creating natural and soulful imagery with subtle bohemian and eclectic tones. Connecting with carefree and exciting couples who wish for their photos to express who they are in a unique and meaningful way. Servicing mid to far North Coast 0419 411 475



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We specialise in Gowns, Maids & After 5 wear from size 6 to 28. Carrying the latest styles & trends. My passion for the bridal industry ensures you receive personal attention with our ‘appointment only’ one on one fitting and consultation service. Call or text us today for a booking. 0458 184 638 45 Zadoc St Lismore


In the heart of Bellingen, Cedar Bar & Kitchen is a renovated 108 year-old church offering a gorgeous setting for your Wedding celebration. Available for intimate celebrations, ceremonies or receptions for up to 180. Let us customise the perfect menu for you. 8 Church Street, Bellingen 02 6655 1001


Bridal Hair, makeup and beauty specialists for the Port Macquarie and Hastings area. Come and see us for a free consultation at 3/3 Murray Street Port Macquarie. Photo: Joanne Jones Photography

We love driving for weddings, its such a happy time. Our purpose is to make the wedding party trip as enjoyable as we can and to do our best to cater to your needs. The trip to the ceremony is a relaxing cruise with music floating through the air.

Port Macquarie & Hastings 02 6583 1045

02 6654 1556

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Located on absolute beachfront, with on site cedar chapel, three wedding function rooms and a variety of accommodation options. The resort offers a peaceful, romantic and secluded setting for your special wedding day.

The 100 year old Butter Factory is situated in the quaint river town of Bellingen. A favourite setting for celebrations up to 150. Receptions available in the cathedral like main building or in the spacious covered forecourt. Plenty of parking and unique photographic backdrops.

Bonville 02 6653 4002

Coffs Harbour 02 6652 7555

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Coffs Harbour 02 6651 0527





02 6655 0315 41 Hyde Street, Bellingen Outpost-Hair-and-Beauty

Photo: Ruth Fahey Photography


Let the Coffs Coast’s most awarded Wedding venue, Bonville Golf Resor t create an Unforgettable, Romantic and Unique wedding day for you and your loved ones.

Arrive in style in our Chrysler 300 Stretch Limousine seating up to 10 in comfort. Cruise to our website and have a look at the Photo Gallery. Photo: Kate Nutt

Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour 0413 654 000

Giant, portable LOVE letters create a perfect backdrop for your wedding. They can be used during the day, and are fitted with LED lights, allowing them to light up an evening event, anywhere you want. Servicing the Coffs Coast & beyond. Photo: Bye Bye Blackbird Photography

0421 722 544 Find us on Facebook



Kirsty- 66588589 / 0417406822

0438 689 441

You can relax and enjoy your event, knowing your children are in the best possible hands. Our caring sitters have current first aid certificates, are police and working with children checked and experienced with special needs children. We service the Coffs Coast and surrounding areas.

Byron Bay’s Premier Wedding Entertainment. Quality live music for your ceremony, funky tunes over canapés and dinner, then an awesome DJ for dancing. We can tailor a package to suit your day. NCE, Just. Great. Music.

We cater for all weddings needs: Beautiful terrace or lagoon ceremony locations, catering for up to 300 guests on Opals ocean view room or our Ballroom. Gorgeous ocean views, complimentary bridal suite and champagne. Personalised service. Call to discuss your needs.

Our creative team specialises in: bridal hair & makeup and all beauty services including nails and spray tans. Services can be done in salon or on location for your wedding day. Call us to book a complimentary consultation.

Create a festival-style glamping village at your wedding with our fully furnished bell tents - or hire them bare for you to style as you wish. Contact us to discuss a tailor made package for your wedding.

02 9188 1578


Twin Towns on the border combines location, stylishly appointed event space, elegant decor, panoramic ocean and harbour views, onsite luxury accommodation and multi-award-winning chefs and events staff. All these impressive elements combine to create the complete wedding experience. 1800 015 015

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wedding timeline Tick each box after you complete the task

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROPOSAL n Announce your engagement to family and friends

n Place an engagement notice in the newspaper

n Organise an engagement party n Buy an engagement ring and decide on wedding rings

n n n n n

Set the date for your wedding Decide on your wedding budget Develop a theme or style for the occasion Choose your bridal party For an idea of numbers, do a preliminary guest list

n Research musicians and entertainment services and obtain quotes

n Research cake options, discuss them with cake designers and obtain quotes

n Research hair and beauty stylists and obtain quotes

n Draw up a guest list and research invitations

and stationery

n View wedding transport and obtain quotes n Make arrangements for time off work before and after the wedding

n Book honeymoon flights and accommodation and wedding night accommodation

n Research accommodation for any out-oftown guests

n Organise ceremony and reception rehearsals n Finalise the order of speeches and speech makers

n Have a practice-run spray tan ONE MONTH BEFORE n Have final fittings for all the bridal party and ensure all accessories are in order

n Buy gifts for attendants and special helpers n Begin arrangements for name changes if applicable

n Record all RSVPs and give the final number to the reception venue

n Start reception seating plan n Pay the final balance on your honeymoon bookings

THREE TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE n Finalise the menu and all details with the

n Don’t forget your beauty plan! Have a facial,

n Order your wedding rings n Finalise hire/purchase details for the attire of

n Organise CD’s to be played at the ceremony

n Order invitations, weddings stationary and

n Arrange the order of events for the wedding

n Start a health and fitness program n Visit a travel agent to discuss honeymoon

n Book the florist and flower preservation

n Enjoy your hen’s and buck’s nights!

n Enlist the services of a wedding coordinator if

n Book the wedding transport n Book musicians and entertainment and select

TWO WEEKS BEFORE n Have your engagement ring cleaned n Collect the bride and bridesmaid’s gowns

n Research reception and ceremony venues, obtain quotes

n Arrange pre-wedding counselling and look for a minister or celebrant

n Start shopping for your dream gown n Research your photographer and videographer and obtain quotes

options and packages you’re having one

n Organise quotes and view menus from caterers

PRIORITY DECISIONS TO BE MADE (As these should be booked out well in advance)

reception venue or caterer

the groom and groomsmen bonbonniere specialist

the MC

n Book hair and beauty stylists and arrange trials

n Ensure passports are up to date (if necessary) n Confirm if any visas or inoculations are needed

book final appointment for your nails, spray etc and reception if you are not having entertainment

day and any input such as vows/speeches

and hire suits if applicable

n Confirm ALL bookings and run through all details with each of them

n Re-confirm your final reception numbers and revise the seating plan

n Book the reception venue n Consider the type of wedding transport you

n Meet with your photographer to discuss your

n Book the catering and hire companies if

n Consider a Gift Registry n Order the wedding cake

n Hold the rehearsal and make sure the

TWO MONTHS BEFORE n Complete the Notice of Intended

ONE WEEK TO GO n Pack for your honeymoon n Place announcement in the paper n Have a manicure and pedicure (+ spray tan)

require and start initial research required

n Book the church/ceremony venue and the religious official or celebrant

n Book your photographer and videographer

SIX TO NINE MONTHS BEFORE n Buy the wedding dress, veil and accessories n Select attire for the groom and groomsmen n Shop with bridesmaids for dresses and accessories

n Research florists and obtain quotes


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Marriage Certificate and organise other documentation with your celebrant

n Send invitations and advise guests of the gift registry

n Have a pre-wedding photo-shoot and finalise details

n Arrange wedding accessories n Collect your wedding rings

n Attend to finishing touches such as place cards and bonbonniere

bridal party understands their individual roles

the day before the wedding

n Relax, have a massage and get plenty of sleep

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02 6651 1984 / 0428 263 186 / www.nor /

The complete Coffs Coast wedding venue Situated on absolute beachfront in beautiful Coffs Harbour, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is the complete Coffs Coast wedding venue. Set amongst 15 acres of secluded sub-tropical gardens, the resort offers a romantic all-inclusive location for your special day. With picture perfect ceremony and reception venues, delightful catering and accommodation for guests on-site, we can create the coastal wedding you’ve been dreaming about.

For more information, call (02) 6652 7555, email or visit

Wedding images courtesy of Peter Sechi Photography

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